I’m interested in collecting old images of electroculture experiments.  Here are some historical photos and illustrations that I’ve found so far:

18th Century Electroculture Experiment
(B) is powered with electricity, (A) is not.

Another 18th century electroculture experiment

Another 18th century experiment
(A) with power, (B) without

In the next series are some photographs and illustrations showing side-by-side effects on vegetables.

Comparison of radishes: control vs electrically-stimulated

Comparison of radishes: control vs electrically-stimulated

Haricot bean comparison: control vs electrically-stimulated

Haricot bean comparison: control vs electrically-stimulated
Source: Electroculture by Mons. Justin Christofleau, Alex. Trouchet & Son, Perth, Australia, 1927

Huge cabbage grown with electricity!
Source: Electroculture by Mons. Justin Christofleau, Alex. Trouchet & Son, Perth, Australia, 1927.

I planning on adding more as I find them.

I find it really cool that this ‘technology’ has been around since the mid 1700’s.  It’s a shame that it fell out of mainstream so long ago.  If the stimulation of gardens and farms had results like these, why did it fall out of favor?  What do you think?

Sources:

http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elektrokulture
Electroculture by Mons. Justin Christofleau, Alex. Trouchet & Son, Perth, Australia, 1927.

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  • Adam Beatty

    I think a majority of farmers were not capable of clearly understanding the science; to complex for the level of awareness of the times. They would have assumed it to new and unreliable; just unclear how it worked; therefore doubt in it all together.
    Maybe if scientists had tried to pass electricity off as the blood of god; or spark of life; and did better of making it understandable; it would have caught on.
    Only reason why it makes sense to me is because of my knowledge of quantum mechanics, (behavior of electrons, radiation, and absorption of electrons between matter); as well as a broad general understanding of many other scientific principles.
    Doubtful an average farmer is likely to pursue this; even today; never mind 200-300 years ago lol.